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"Once you've convinced your mind that you really want to meet God in the inner silence, it will be easy for you to sit still and to meditate deeply."

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"The true basis of religion is not belief, but intuitive experience. Intuition is the soul's power of knowing God. To know what religion is really all about, one must know God."

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"Pray with ecstasy. Meditate with ecstasy. And whenever you have a free moment, think of God."

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"Never count your faults. Just see that your love for God is deeply sincere. For God doesn't mind your imperfections: He minds your indifference."

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Yoga practice so concentrates the mind that the curtain of doubt and uncertainty is burned away,and the light of inner truth becomes manifest.

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"When traveling on the ocean, one comes upon areas, here or there, where the sea is calm. Even so, on the great ocean of delusion one finds, occasionally, areas of exceptional calmness. This happens when an avatar, or divine incarnation, is sent to earth with a special dispensation. All who come to him and tune in to his spirit find it relatively easy to escape delusion's power."

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"Obedience must be to the highest that is in your own self. Spiritual instruction, too, must proceed from that high level of consciousness. It must be attuned to the guidance for which your own soul is longing."

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"Never neglect what you can do for yourself in the form of another."

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"I can take a few young men of the most restless sort, and let them practice Kriya for two hours every day in the way I tell them, and, without question, in four or five years I can make saints out of them... Of course, they must practice in the way that I tell them. That won't be easy. But it is surely worth the effort."

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"The bludgeon of circumstances may bruise you, but keep your head erect. Always try once more, no matter how many times you have failed."

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"Pray this way to God: 'Lord, I will reason, I will will, I will act, but guide Thou my reason, will, and activity to the right path in everything.'

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"While meditating, don't concentrate on the results of meditation. Meditate, rather, to please God. If you seek results, you will be disappointed if they don't come. Meditate without attachment to the fruits of meditation.

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"Your religion is not the garb you wear outwardly, but the garment of light you weave around your heart. Discover who you are, behind those outer trappings, and you will discover who Jesus was, and Buddha, and Krishna. For all the masters come to earth for the purpose of holding up to every man a reflection of his deeper, eternal Self.

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Heavenly Father, discouraging darkness, barbed fences of habit, stone embankments of indolence, mountains of indifference, oceans of unfaithfulness, sirens of sense, may stand in my path to prevent my march to Thy palace, but even the promise of a million kingdoms and sextillions of years of untrammeled worldly happiness would not tempt me to forsake my search for Thee.

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Willingness and determination keep the blood vitalized with pep and life-energy. If even the layman can keep his mental initiative, willing-to-work attitude all the time, he will find his blood charged with life-current, making it immune against the invasion of bacteria. Keeping yourself smiling from within, pulsating with joy, and in ever-readiness to act, spiritually ambitious in helping others, all these not only are good exercises for the mind but keep the body constantly supplied with Fresh Cosmic Energy descending into the body thru the door of the Medulla Oblongata. Strong Will pulls energy from the Conscious Cosmic Rays surrounding the body through the door of the Medulla Oblongata. Man shall not live by bread (food chemicals) alone but by every word (vibratory life-energy) which flows (into the body of man) thru the mouth of God (i.e. the opening of the Medulla thru which the Conscious Cosmic Life Principle enters the body of man). Hence strengthen your Will and determination in everything. Your body shall be internally vibrating with life current. A man of strong Will, by his highly vibrating mind, can shake out disease, failure and ignorance. But the Will vibration must be stronger than the vibration of physical or inner disease. The more chronic the disease is, the stronger, steadier and more unflinching should be the determination, faith and effort of the Will to get well.

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"Walk with courage. Go forward from day to day with calm, inner faith. Eventually, you will pass beyond every shadow of bad karma, beyond all tests and difficulties, and will behold at last the dawn of divine fulfillment. In that highest of all states of consciousness will come freedom from every last, trailing vapor of misfortune

from How to Have Courage, Calmness, and Confidence

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Each of your habits creates a specific ‘groove,’ or pathway, in the brain. These patterns make you behave in a certain way, often against your wish. Your life follows those grooves that you yourself have created in the brain. In that sense you are not a free person; you are more or less a victim of the habits you have formed. Depending on how set those patterns are, to that degree you are a puppet. But you can neutralize the dictates of those bad habits. How? By creating brain patterns of opposite good habits. And you can completely erase the grooves of bad habits by meditation. There is no other way. However, you can't cultivate good habits without good company and good environment. And you can't free yourself from bad habits without good company and meditation....

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When by Kriya Yoga I open my spiritual eye, the whole world drops away from my consciousness, and God is with me. And why not? I am His child. St. Ignatius said, God seeks willing hearts that He may give His bounties to them.... That is most beautiful, and that is what I believe. God seeks willing hearts for the bestowal of His gifts. He is willing to give us everything, but we are not willing to make the effort to be receptive

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Dr. M. W. Lewis, Paramhansa Yogananda's first Kriya Yoga disciple in America, once asked the Master, "Can you resolve a dilemma for me? Is liberation a state one achieves only for this Day of Brahma? Will we when Brahman manifests itself again in creation, be obliged to emerge from that oneness once more and go through the whole, long struggle again?
"Never Fear!" the Master replied. "Once the soul has achieved final freedom in Spirit, it is free forever."

Such is the aim of the Bhagavad Gita: to help the sincere seeker to find the way to perfect union with Satchidananda: ever-existing, ever-conscious, ever-new Bliss.

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The soul loves to meditate, for in contact with the Spirit lies its greatest joy. If, then you experience mental resistance during meditation, remember that reluctance to meditate comes from the ego; it doesn't belong to the soul.

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Kindness is a language the deaf can hear and the dumb can understand

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